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New device may help doctors diagnose and treat brain injuries

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Every year, people all over the U.S. have to go to hospital emergency rooms because they have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Falls are the leading cause of TBIs, but they can also result from other incidents like motor vehicle accidents. Because TBIs can have such serious ramifications for a person's health, it is critical for doctors and other health care providers to accurately diagnose and treat it.

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a company's request to begin marketing a device that can diagnose head trauma like TBI. The manufacturer of the device, BrainScope, produced it in conjunction with the Department of Defense. The device's mobility is what makes it so desirable not only for military use, but also for any doctors who need to check patients for TBI following an accident.

The device is so mobile because it only requires a disposable headset and a smartphone to use it. The headset connects to a smartphone, and can provide doctors with a quick digitized report that they can use it to diagnose TBI. Because the device is quick and portable, it may become a helpful tool for doctors to use everywhere from sporting events to hospital emergency rooms.

If a person in the Roanoke area is the victim of a slip-and-fall or some other kind of accident that results in them hitting their head, it is important for them to understand the full scope of their injury. Advances in technology, like the new device by BrainScope, can help to ensure that injured people get the medical care that they need after this kind of an injury. But medical treatment for TBI and other related injuries can be expensive. Likewise, injured people may miss substantial time from work as they recover from such an injury. When a brain injury is caused by someone else's negligence, the victim should understand their legal rights as they pertain to pursuing compensation.

Source: Practical Pain Management, "FDA Clears Diagnostic Device for Traumatic Brain Injuries," Thomas G. Ciccone, Sep. 30, 2016

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